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It's A Free Country's Anna Sale is searching for America's Independent voters. They helped decide the 2008 and 2010 elections, and they'll be courted heavily come 2012. But who are they, exactly?

Anna and the Independent Voter: Maine's Rebellious Streak

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

As the autumn chill begins its descent southward, it's not just the crisp air that's making the rest of the country feel a little like Maine. Here, anti-establishment rebelliousness and economic populism is nothing new. This is the state where Ross Perot came in second in 1992. This year, a deep sense of alienation from Washington political representatives is polishing the independent streak, with some unexpected results.

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Ross Perot: The Last Great Political Insurgent

Monday, October 03, 2011

The economy was in the tank. the incumbent president’s approval ratings were below 50 percent and falling, angry activists were forming new organizations based on the sole premise of kicking out incumbents, and an untested governor from the south looked to be the most viable challenger.

It sounds a lot like today, but it was February 20, 1992. 

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Video: Anna and the Independents - Campaigns Edition

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

All August, It's A Free Country's Anna Sale is searching for America's Independent voters. They helped decide the 2008 and 2010 elections, and they'll be courted heavily come 2012. But who are they, exactly?

In this video, Anna explains how President Obama is losing support among independents, and there’s a mad dash among political organizers to grab them as they peel off.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Hard to Organize, Harder to Keep

Thursday, August 11, 2011

President Obama is losing support among independents, and there’s a mad dash among political organizers to grab them as they peel off. But their approach differs on how they diagnose who independent voters are and what they care about. 

And their success will depend on their ability to navigate the political graveyard that’s littered with efforts to change the system during hotly contested, highly partisan political campaigns.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Colorado Lessons

Thursday, August 04, 2011

All through August, Anna Sale is on a search for the independent voter. These are the prize voters who could make up the margin in the 2012 contest, but their definition is elusive and their politics mixed. First stop, Colorado.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Targeting Minorities

Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale continues her monthly series with us. This week: how independent groups are going after minority voters.

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Live Chat: What Does It Mean To Be An Independent?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

All this month, It's A Free Country's Anna Sale has been searching for the Independent Voters - that key part of the electorate that brought Obama to office in 2008 and Republicans to Congress in 2010. In 2012, they'll once again play a critical role - or they may stay home entirely. Join Anna and the rest of the IAFC politics team on Thursday, August 18th for a live chat about independent voters.

Whether you're left, right, center or everywhere, join in Thursday, August 18th at 12noon!